If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that my life isn’t exactly how I want it to be right now and this is probably one of the most stressful times for me. I recently went for a run where I sobbed most of the way (running is cathartic!). While there is so much of the big stuff I can’t control, there is a lot of the small stuff I can. And these little things are getting me through the days and weeks.
‘When something needs to be ironed I put it in the ironing basket. If a year goes by and the item is still in the basket I throw the item away. This is a good system since eventually I end up only with clothes that don’t need ironing.’ This was said by author Janet Evanovich. As tickled pink as I am with this quote, I am not a woman who has an affinity with this quote; I am one of those people who loves to iron. Not a lot can beat the calming pleasure I get from ironing my bedsheets.
Periods. Ah periods. Rarely a month goes by when I don’t dread its arrival. And I’m pretty sure that most women (and some men) feel the same as I do. I grew up thinking it would be like the adverts on TV but while I don’t skydive when it’s my time of the month I have been programmed to have a fixed smile (more of a grimace) on my face and tell no one what’s happening.
For a lot of people, they start working out to lose weight. January the first comes up and people want to be fitter, tone up, and (for me at least) lose belly fat. I have said many times that I started running because I was jealous of my sister. That’s not the complete truth. I wanted to lose belly fat – I actually wanted to lose it quite badly. However constantly weighing myself and pinching the fat around my waist because very demoralising and mentally crippling very quickly.
Eventually my reasoning for working out moved and changed from weight loss to something else. Put very simply it made me happy. The post sweat endorphin high is amazing for both body and mind.
At the end of 2016 Beyond the Bathroom Scale’s Karen Oliver sent me a copy of her 12 Week Health, Fitness, and Wellness Planner. I was so excited to use this but when it arrived was actually terrified of getting started. So I put it off. Then I put it off a little more. Once 2017 started I gave myself a stern talking to and opened this beautiful planner.